Fluoride is a well known mineral that many parents already actively look for in their oral health products. Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry offers fluoride as a regular part of dental treatment for our patients when they come in.
What is Dental Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral which can be found in water, soil, and rocks. The amount of fluoride found depends on the area. Fluoride is used often in the dental industry to help strengthen teeth enamel.
Benefits of Dental Fluoride?
Fluoride helps your teeth in a number of ways:
- Help strengthen enamel of both baby and adult teeth
- Hardens bone development in teeth that have not emerged
- Reverses the early effects of tooth decay
- Inhibits the growth of bacteria on teeth
As we mentioned in one of our most popular pieces about filling cavities in baby teeth, a tooth that has early signs of a cavity can go through a process called remineralization. This is when the tooth repairs itself if a patient’s diet and oral habits allow it. The use of fluoride can help assist a tooth, by supplying it with the minerals to helps strengthen and fend off continual development of cavities.
Fluoride Dental Treatments at Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry
During a visit at the pediatric dentist, Dr. Nanna and the staff will often administer fluoride treatment to help reinforce your child’s teeth. Application of fluoride will be come in either gel, foam or varnish form.
The application of fluoride, whatever the method may be, is often quick and can be done in a matter of minutes. These fluoride treatments will often be done every 6 month visit, however different conditions may cause your pediatric dentist to up or lower the treatment.
Fluoride Levels in Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Fulton County
In Alpharetta, Johns Creek and the Fulton county’s water contains fluoride. The U.S Public Health Service recommends water that is 0.7 parts per million (ppm) which was applauded by the American Dental Association. In Fulton County’s most recent official Water Quality Report they found that the water in Fulton County had fluoride in the range of 0.68 – 0.71 ppm.
This means that the water in Alpharetta, Johns Creek and the rest of Fulton County has just the right amount of fluoride to help strengthen your teeth.
How much is too much fluoride?
A person can have too much fluoride, so it’s important to not overdo the application or consuming of fluoride. If a person receives too much fluoride, they can be at risk for dental fluorosis.
Dental fluorosis can cause cosmetic problems, by forming white spots on teeth. There are no known negative health benefits, so there is no major concern of symptoms or reactions. If the white spots are severe enough, cosmetic dentistry work can help fix the colorization of the tooth.
Dental fluorosis occurs when too much fluoride accumulates under the gum, while your teeth are still developing under the gums. The risk for dental fluorosis usually ends by the age of 9 for children as most of their permanent teeth have begun to come in.
The best way to tell if your child is receiving the right amount of fluoride is to ask your pediatric dentist, or Dr. Nanna Ariaban. If your at home, you also just want to be mindful for the amount of toothpaste they are using, especially if the toothpaste is fluoridated and the water is as well!